Attend Workshop on Using Sport to Address Trauma at the International Trauma Conference


Up2Us Sports Chief Program Officer Megan Bartlett will be leading a workshop on using sports to address trauma with Lou Bergholz and Sean Rose on May 31, 2017 at the 28th Annual International Trauma Conference in Boston. More information on the workshop below.



Workshop Title:
Harnessing Your Competitive Spirit: Physical activity, trauma-sensitive coaching, league-level play, and the intervention methodologies that are shaping sports-based stabilization

Workshop Overview: 
Interested in a healing medium rooted in competency, self-regulation, identity, physical activity, rituals, routines, and pro-social connection?  Then you are interested in the unique role that sport can play in healing.  This pre-conference, on the emerging field of sports-based stabilization, will bring together practitioners from the clinical and sport worlds to examine the ways in which sport can be shaped into a therapeutic modality.  Participants will spend the day exploring the key elements of the sports-based stabilization framework: unlocking the power of physical activity; learning the skills of a trauma-sensitive coach; and, embedding the core therapeutic elements into the sport experience to create a league that promotes healing.  By participating in a sport training session, participants will learn firsthand the elements of a trauma-sensitive warm-up, how to build competency through sport drills, and the hidden opportunities that exist in sport to facilitate therapeutic conversations.  Leading practitioners in the field of sports will further bring these elements to life through stories that describe the impact of their work in sport and trauma.  Participants will leave with a “playbook” of design principles and techniques that can be integrated into any intervention, but are ideally used to build a trauma-sensitive sports league.  

This pre-conference will be active and is designed for maximum accessibility.  No previous sport experience is required and participants of all abilities are welcome.  Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes strongly recommended.



Lou Bergholz Chief Knowledge Officer Edgework Consulting

Lou has been working on the frontlines of youth development for over two decades, from residential treatment centers to camps working with children infected and affected by HIV.  The Edgework team is dedicated to working with organizations, and communities to help them solve their complex people problems.  For close to 15 years Edgework has been creating trauma-informed interventions in the US and abroad that apply academic research and clinical practice to populations without reliable access to definitive clinical care.  

Sean M. Rose, M.Ed. Executive Director JRI Connecticut

Sean has more than 22 years of experience in education, treatment, and mental health with families, children, and adolescents. He has held various leadership roles in the public and non-profit sectors, and has successfully partnered with state and local government to advocate for and serve youth with complex trauma, mental health, and behavioral health issues. Over his career, Sean has successfully managed programs aimed at enabling youth to develop to their full potential, from residential to recreational. Most recently, Sean was appointed as the Executive Director for Justice Resource Institute’s Connecticut division. He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Lesley University and was awarded a master’s degree in education and school administration from American International College.

Megan Bartlett, MA Chief Program Officer Up2Us Sports

Megan has spent her career working in, designing, and advocating for programs that use sport as a tool for positive youth development.  At Up2Us Sports, she helped build the first national service program placing coaches as mentors for youth in underserved communities, and created the innovative training program that has provided thousands of coaches with the tools to take a trauma-sensitive approach to sport.  She has extensive experience working directly with youth as a college and youth soccer coach, camp director, and in community mental health. Megan earned a MA in Urban Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Wesleyan University.